Ufford PUNCH November 2018

Page 3, Ufford PUNCH, November 2018 Welcome to the Ufford PUNCH: The Memories Issue www.uffordpunch.org.uk - FOR THE FULL COLOUR EDITIONS Ufford PUNCH edition: The next issue will be the Christmas issue Deadline Sunday November 11, 2018 Ufford PUNCH EDITORIAL Leann Giovnilli Kevin Young temp@uffordpunch.org.uk PUNCHline: Lyn Taylor - 01394 460253 Judi Hallett PUNCHline@uffordpunch.org.uk DISTRIBUTION: Gill Cooper - 01394 461148 ADVERTISING: Adrian Smith - 01394 461179 adman@uffordpunch.org.uk OUR REPORTERS Ros Smith - secretary & archivist secretary@uffordpunch.org.uk David Beard Helen Paxton Alex Bennett Vic Bellingham treasurer@uffordpunch.org.uk PUNCH welcomes volunteers as we all share roles & have holidays! SUBSCRIBE: If you live outside the parish but want to receive a copy of the Ufford PUNCH directly to your door, why not subscribe now for £17.50 pa. To receive your 12 copies by post, one each month, please contact Gill Cooper above. Get the latest village news first via our digital newsletter the Ufford PUNCHLine. To subscribe email: punchline@uffordpunch.org.uk Have you heard it on the PUNCHLINE? This month marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, an occasion marked by a number of local events. On page 4, we’ve reprinted the first page of the Ufford Magazine from 1918, with an article celebrating the Armistice from December 1918. What immediately strikes a modern reader is the tone of the piece - joy and relief, but also considerable anger. The hostility between Germany and the Allies was not resolved by an inconclusive peace; it simmered and erupted again in the second war 21 years later. Also interesting is the mention, almost as an aside, of the flu that kept many villagers away from the celebrations. This was no ordinary epidemic; the flu pandemic that followed the war, brought home from the trenches after spreading through camps filled with exhausted soldiers and refugees, killed many more people around the world than the actual fighting did. DISCLAIMER : Whilst every due care is taken to ensure the accuracy of content the Ufford PUNCH Committee cannot be held responsible for the views, statements or the advertisements expressed editorially. We cannot guarantee inclusion of a contribution but all contributions that are then included are subject to editing. The decision of the Committee is final. © Ufford PUNCH. Printed by Gipping Press / gippingpress.co.uk Ufford PUNCH & Ufford PUNCHLINE TM registered For us, now, this is an occasion to celebrate peace, and also to remember those who fought and died in the war. We’ve included details of some commemorative events taking place around Ufford, while elsewhere in this issue Andy Pritchatt writes about Thomas Cunnell (pictured on the front page), Adrian Smith looks at the impact of the war on local farmers, and we feature some reminiscences from the PUNCH team on relatives who were involved in the fighting. The picture above shows the Ufford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915, from the Wickham Market Archives. The VTC was the First World War’s equivalent of the Home Guard, and many of the members were too old to serve in the Army. William Read, who also features on page 7, is shown 2nd from right at the top. His only son, George, was killed in the trenches in March 1915. Kevin Young Ufford Corps, IV Battallion Suffolk VTC, October 1915